May 05, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Standing Water, Higher Temps Could Increase Mosquitos

The combination of standing water left over from recent rain and the expected increase in temperatures over the coming weeks could lead to an increase in the mosquito population. Mosquitoes are a nuisance but can also carry disease, which can be dangerous. There are simple actions that can be taken to reduce the mosquito population and the risk for spread of disease.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still, stagnant water and can breed in as little as a teaspoon of water. Mosquito eggs can hatch in as short as three days. Adult mosquitoes live in tall grass, weeds and shrubs throughout the heat of the day. Mosquitoes can be a threat as they are known to carry diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis. These are diseases that cause flu-like symptoms and are easily treatable, but can be fatal if left untreated.

There are some simple steps to take to reduce mosquito population and chances of being bitten:

For more information on controlling mosquitoes, please visit our website at www.springfieldmo.gov/health/mosquitos.html or call 417-864-1666 to file a complaint about mosquitoes or standing water.

A 'Free Waste Tire Collection' event is being held on May 7 from 8 am – 1pm at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds Gate 5. Waste tires will be accepted at no charge from City of Springfield residents and neighborhood groups. Take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of tires and clean up your neighborhood while preventing increases in mosquito populations and the associated risk for disease spread.

For information on mosquito control please call Karen McKinnis at 417-864-1623.

For more information contact: Katie Towns-Jeter MPH, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-1205

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